Homecoming's Color Run Happens Sunday!

Four years of color and fun will be converging in Happy Valley on September 25. For those unaware, The Color Run, also known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” is coming to Penn State for the fourth straight year — something students and residents alike should be extremely excited about. 

The Color Run is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and it’s an unforgettable experience that is sure to last a lifetime. The run initially began in March of 2011 in an effort to promote happiness and healthiness. Its mission? To bring members of the community together for one incredible run full of laughter, exercise, and most importantly, color! 

The Color Run changed the 5K scene forever. Instead of holding a normal race, participants, who are encouraged to wear nothing but white clothing, are pelted with multicolor powder throughout the duration of the run resulting in a memorable experience racers won’t soon forget. 

The run first arrived in Happy Valley in September of 2013, circulating around University Park’s campus starting and ending on Porter Road. The race was an enormous success, but fun wasn’t the only overarching theme of the event. The race also supports Penn State’s Homecoming, which is an even greater incentive to sign up and run. 

Since that inaugural run in 2013, the colorful event has returned to Penn State ever since. This year’s turnout is expected to be significant. In a statement released along with the announcement signaling The Color Run’s return, Penn State Homecoming’s Pride Events Director James Boyle expressed his excitement at the notion of the Penn State community engaging with State College. 

“The Color Run allows Penn State Homecoming to engage with the community especially because it is a weekend event,” Boyle said. “We are excited to put on such a fun event not only for Penn State students but also for the State College area.”

This year’s race will be a bit different than the initial 2013 run. Instead of beginning on Porter, the race will commence at Medlar Field at4:30 p.m. For this year’s Tropicolor World Tour (the race’s theme of the season), racers will be able to enjoy fun amenities like a rainbow beach at the Finish Festival, and will receive plenty of fun extras in conjunction with their sign-up. Racers in years past say The Color Run was one of their favorite parts of the college experience.

“The Color Run was a blast,” said John Ramsey, a Penn State junior who ran in the race his sophomore year. “I’d heard about it before running, and knew what it was all about. But actually participating was unlike anything I could’ve imagined. It’s really something special, like out of a dream.”

It’s a fun race for a good cause. Even if you’re not a participant, it’s definitely worth a trip up to experience the sight. And a word to the wise:Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little color on!

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